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Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

1. Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

Travel back to the days of the Medici family on a self-guided tour of the Medici Chapel in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence. Enter the chapels, built as a mausoleum for the Medici family, and discover treasures such as the 16th-century New Sacristy ("Sagrestia Nuova"). Part of the vast San Lorenzo Basilica complex, the chapels were richly decorated to serve as the last resting place for members of one of the most important and powerful families of the Florentine Renaissance from the mid-15th century onwards. Admire the genius of Michelangelo’s craftsmanship at the New Sacristy. Designed for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici, its mix of architecture and sculpture is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

2. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

3. The BEST Florence Walking tour-Renaissance and Medici Tales

In this tour you’ll get a general overview of the city, while passing by its main highlights and discovering thrilling stories, hidden gems and unknown fun-facts. In an amusing walk, you’ll understand why this city became the cradle of the Renaissance and changed our global history. You’ll also dive into the intrigues of one of the most powerful dynasties of all times, the Medici family, and you’ll realize their astounding impact, visible even in our daily lives. And many more! We’ll also give you useful information and tips about many different things: from how to avoid leather scams to how to choose the best gelato! All in a friendly and professional manner, with a good balance between information and humour, so that you’ll learn and enjoy at the same time.

Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time and find inspiration in the art and architecture of Florence, Italy. Admire classical artworks, cross the famed Ponte Vecchio, and see such gems as Pitti Palace. Listen as your guide fills in historical details. Poke around Piazza Della Signori, an open-air museum where the Palazzo Vecchio stands. Check out the Loggia dei Lanzi, housing a vast collection of original statues by artists such as Cellini and Giambologna. Walk through the colonnade of the Uffizi Gallery and light upon Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city. Discover one of the well-kept secrets of Florence, the twisty Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace. Follow your guide through the Medieval District, stop at the House of Dante, and feel giddy walking around Duomo Square. Learn about the construction of the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Brunelleschi’s Cupola before the tour's conclusion.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

6. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

The Medicis: Walking Tour

7. The Medicis: Walking Tour

Discover the amazing story of the ruling family of Florence, from the very beginning to the extinction of the Dynasty. Your licensed guide will lead you through a fascinating itinerary and will show you all the places which played an important role in their life, including their churches, their palaces, secret passageways and many more. The tour will start at San Marco Square and your guide will show you how the Medici grew their importance, from a simple family coming from the Mugello area (North of Florence) to become one of the most important in the Renaissance Period. You will pass through some of the most important places remembering their influence not only in Florence but also in Europe.

Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

8. Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

The Medicis were a ruthless bunch, but their homes and palaces boast some of arts finest possessions. Today, with your private guide, we will experience one of the most famous sculptural cycles by Michelangelo: Il Crepuscolo, L’Aurora, Il Giorno e la Notte (Twilight, Dawn, Day, Night) inside the Sacrestia Nuova. These monuments to art and religion are incredible examples of Michelangelo's finest work, and are housed inside of the great Medici complex, which now serves as a museum. You will notice walls inlayed with precious polychrome marble and precious gems, which showed off the family's vast wealth and power in the Cappella dei Principi (Princess Chapel). We also have a chance to discover the Cripta del Buontalenti underneath the chapel, where the Medici and their family members are housed in this ancient crypt. Make sure to ask your guide about the "real" causes of their death which has long been a point of contention amongst historians and scientists. Regardless of the drama around this complex, the day will be a wonderful and enlightening experience, and we hope that you've enjoyed spending time amidst such greatness! Ciao!

Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

Florence Walking Tour and skip-the-line guided tour of Accademia. Enjoy the best of Florence on a comprehensive walking tour and see the statue of David with skip-the-line tickets. Join your small group tour at Uffizi Square. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Hit the streets in Florence with an expert local guide and see many of the most important and famous attractions in one go in and around the historical center of Florence. This tour is the perfect introduction to the city. Gaze at awe-inspiring Renaissance art and architecture. Learn about Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Machiavelli, and many more Florentines who contributed to shaping Western thought and culture. With its palaces, churches, and piazzas, Florence provides a unique opportunity to step back in time to one of the most fascinating periods in western history: the Renaissance. It is at this time that art, architecture, science, and humanism flourished. Explore Piazza Della Signoria, the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio. This very square witnessed some of the key episodes of Florentine history, such as the return of the Medici in 1530, or The Bonfire of the Vanities instigated by Savonarola, who was then himself burned at the stake here in 1498. We will have the opportunity to discuss the delicate relationship between art and power and the contribution of the Medici family in turning Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance. Take time to look up at the awe-inspiring sculptures under the Loggia Dei Lanzi and admire the surrounding architecture, whilst familiarizing ourselves with the artistic and architectural achievements of the Florentines in the Renaissance. Strolling by Orsanmichele, explore how medieval crafts turned into Renaissance artistic leadership. After seeing Ponte Vecchio, with its glittering jewelry shops, venture back to the city headed for the guided tour of the Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line tickets. Enter the Accademia and continue your guided tour with no delay thanks to pre-reserved tickets and learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. How does the copy replaced in Piazza Della Signoria in 1910, still guard over the city of Florence? Challenge your guide about the 16th-century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand something of the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Leave your guide and end your tour at the end of 2 hours in the Accademia.

Florence: Private Customized City Hightlights Walking Tour

10. Florence: Private Customized City Hightlights Walking Tour

Explore the wonders of the magnificent Florence on this customized private tour. Visit sites such as the Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the Medici Palace; if you like, the choice is yours. Start off with a pickup from your guide by foot and enjoy a day you won't forget. Immerse yourself in this fascinating city, learn about the culture, history, and life as a local from your guide. Visit iconic sites such as the famous Duomo Square, Cathedral of Santa Maria del, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Walk around Florence and discover hidden gems in every corner you turn. Marvel at the stunning architecture, be sure to stop at the impressive Medici Palace and see the 14th-century Palazzo Vecchio in Signoria Square. Visit the Accademia Gallery, where you can see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo if you desire. See the sites you want to at your own pace. This is a walking tour suitable for all the family. Make memories that will last a lifetime on a day out you won't forget.

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Lorenzo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 681 reviews

When you finally get to the top of the Duomo, the view is one of the most spectacular things you’ll ever see. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was so knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. We got special access to a private terrace that was incredible. We knew we were going to be excited about the views and art inside the cathedral, but we were truly surprised at how much we learned in the museum portion of the tour. Don’t miss out on this!

Notre guide Valentina était absolument une passionnée et mine d’information sur les Médicis. Sa connaissance multidisciplinaire en architecture, histoire de l’art, personnages marquant et anecdotes amusantes sur les familles de l’époque, leurs interactions, rumeurs intimement reliées à l’histoire de Florence nous ont ravis. À noter sa maîtrise excellente de la langue française, j’aurais adoré que le tour soit plutôt de 3-4H que 2H!

I absolutely loved it! Lots of nice & interesting information! I highly recommend it, even if you don’t have enough time to enter all the museums, you will learn about all special secrets of the places visited!

This was the perfect way to get acquainted with the most important buildings and art that Florence has to offer. Also helped me to get oriented to some of the streets.

enjoyed the informative tour guide. My biggest regret not booking the tour first day in Florence. Slivia was awesome funny and had so much knowledge about the city